Weekend Getaways

Weeki Wachee Springs Celebrates Mermaids

1 Weeki Wachee Springs

More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like fins performs Esther Williams-esque routines in the pool. There are also bird shows and a river cruise included in the entry fee, but the kitschy show is unbeatable.

2 Riverside Resort

The hotel has four-person suites with full kitchenettes—plus monkeys and the chance to swim with manatees!

3 Plaka

The expat Greek hub Tarpon Springs, was once populated with sponge divers: their legacy is the fresh Mediterranean food at spots like this one.

4 Florida Canoe

Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-half-hour self-guided paddling trips that span about seven miles. You’ll end up in Rogers Park where you’ll be met and transported back to your starting point.

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